Analysis 19 Apr 17

Russian Media Paint Dark Picture of Montenegro

As the former Russian ally moves closer to joining NATO, the Moscow media have suddenly decided the country is riddled with decay, crime and corruption.

Aliide Naylor
BIRN
London

Since the US Senate backed Montenegro’s NATO membership bid, bringing the prospect of NATO accession ever closer, Russian television stations and online media outlets have started putting a hostile focus on Montenegro’s apparently dire domestic situation.

At the beginning of April the director of a non-profit organisation, Anton Rubin, passed a Russian television crew from Perviy Kanal [Channel One] in the luxury resort of Sveti Stefan.

Nearby, was a jeep ridden with bullet holes. The TV crew, meanwhile, he said, was encouraging a local man to answer questions about the country.

“I stood by and listened,” Rubin told BIRN. “They had to repeat the same question many times, formulating it in different ways.”

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